The Trump Administration is seeking public comments through June 21 as it considers a change to the way the government measures poverty by using lower inflation measures to calculate annual adjustments.
If enacted, the proposal would cut billions of dollars from federal health programs and cause millions of people to lose their eligibility for, or receive less help from, these programs, according to a recent report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Many such programs use the poverty line to determine eligibility and benefits, and the cuts to these programs—and the numbers of people losing assistance altogether or receiving less help—would increase with each passing year.
The Coalition on Human Needs and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities are leading a policy campaign to encourage organizations to submit comments on the Trump administration’s proposal to change the way the government measures poverty.
Because comment submissions on proposed rulemaking is not considered lobbying, all foundation types are allowed to submit a comment if they choose.
The deadline to submit comments is June 21. To submit a comment to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on the proposed inflationary measure to change, click here.
Other resources provided by the Coalition on this issue include:
- Coalition on Human Needs’ guide for leaving a detailed, high-quality comment
- May 22 Webinar co-hosted by the Coalition on Human Needs and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities – The Latest Plan to Deny Assistance: Shrinking the Poverty Line – Recording and Slides
- A two-page FAQ on the Administration’s Proposal to Lower the Federal Poverty Line
Philadelphia Inquirer article: Trump administration mulling change to how poverty is calculated, possibly cutting aid for those in need
- From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
- For updates, be sure to bookmark CHN’s poverty line campaign page here.
- From the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute for Children and Families: Trump Administration Proposes to Make Many Fewer Low-Income Individuals and Families Eligible for Medicaid and CHIP Over Time
- From the National Women’s Law Center: Redefining Poverty Doesn’t Put Food on the Table or Pay for Critical Health Care
- From the Center for American Progress: Trump’s Plan to Lower Poverty by Redefining It, Explained
- From Jared Bernstein’s “On The Economy” Blog: The Trump administration’s proposed “update” to the poverty threshold is a wolf in sheep’s clothing